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Tuesday, January 22: Holy Hour for Life with Exposition of the Holy Eucharist at St. Paul

A Holy Hour for Life will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at St. Paul  during Eucharistic Adoration, which begins at 1:00pm. This Holy Hour is part of the Archdiocesan observance of the National Day of Prayer and Penance marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion on demand, and will be held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese to pray for safe travel and a successful pilgrimage to Washington DC for all those attending the annual March for LifeAt 2:00pm, led by Fr. Laughlin, we will pray together for those who have been wounded by abortion, for respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, and that those who govern us may be guided by justice, truth, and a love for the gift of life.

The Holy Hour for Life is organized by Boston Deacons for Life in collaboration with the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. Please join us, all are welcome.

A Special Christmas Thank You…

Christmas_Thank YouAs the beautiful season of Christmas draws to a close, I’d like to thank all of the many people who made the celebration of Advent and Christmas within our collaborative so inspiring.  The liturgies were uplifting and joyful thanks to our talented singers and musicians.  Many volunteers have beautified our churches and the staff has worked diligently in attending to all of the added logistics that the holidays bring.  The true Christmas spirit was alive in the extraordinary outreach to the needy through Christmas Wish and the Giving Tree.  Thanks to all of you who have given so selflessly!

There is always a certain sadness in bidding farewell to Christmas.  Our consolation is that the reality of Christmas is not just for a season but always.  Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us, in both our joys and our sorrows.  And, as this poem by Howard Thurman so beautifully expresses, we are called all year to carry on the work of Christmas as we see the face of Christ in those in need.

Christmas blessings,
Fr. Jim

The Work of Christmas

When the song of angels is stilled
when the star in the sky is gone
when the kings and the princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks, 
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost
to heal the broken
to feed the hungry
to release the prisoner
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

 

 

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, January 12

The St. John- St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Saturday, January 12 from 9:30am to 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish

9 Glen Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

Pre-Registration Required – register at: www.emfgp.org 
$25/person or $40/couple (Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials)
Ample free parking
Scholarships are available

For more information, call Diane, Paul’s Mother at 617.542.8057 or email: diane@emfgp.org

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas Season

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!Small_Creche_Cover_Bright
Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas
and throughout the New Year.

Sacrament of Reconciliation on Christmas Eve

There is no better way to prepare for Christmas! Come for this special gift of Confession on Monday, December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chapel.

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Join Us for a Christmas Carol Sing! Friday, December 14 at 5:30pm at St. John Church

Saturday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate ConceptionMASS SCHEDULE
7:00am at St. John
9:00am at St. Paul

First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 2

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now
than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light…

Romans 13:11-12

Important Warning About Email Scams

Over the past few days, several parishioners have reported receiving emails from scammers pretending to be Fr. Jim, requesting help obtaining iTunes gift cards.  The first email is a request for a “quick favor” and asks the recipient to email back as quickly as possible. If the recipient replies to the email, “Fr. Jim” responds that he is very busy and needs help getting iTunes gift cards for a cancer patient (or for another charity or cause.) The scammer directs the recipient to purchase an iTunes gift card, scratch off the back to reveal the PIN, then email a photo of the PIN as quickly as possible.

First and foremost, please know that neither Fr. Jim, nor anyone else at the Collaborative (nor any other legitimate organization) will ever request donations via iTunes or other gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.  

This scam, and others like it, have targeted churches and other nonprofits nationwide, and several area parishes have recently been hit.  The emails are not being sent from an actual Collaborative email account – our systems have not been “hacked.”  They are sent from newly created public email accounts that are designed to look similar to a Collaborative email account.

If you receive such an e-mail, DO NOT REPLY. Please forward the email to admin@sjspwellesley.org, so we can follow up with the RCAB IT Office, and then delete it.

Please read the tips below, which will help you to spot this type of email scam and other like it.  If you have any questions, please email or call Tricia Amend Bombara, IT and Communications Coordinator (781-235-0045 or 781-235-1060.)

SOME TIPS FOR  SPOTTING EMAIL SCAMS

1. The email seems to be from a reputable source – usually someone you know – but the actual email address is off.

With scam emails, the “From” will have the expected name, but the actual email address will be a public email address, like @gmail.com or @yahoo.com.  For example, in this recent scam the email was sent from: <jlaughlin.sjspwellesley@gmail.com> Fr. Jim’s actual email address is:  <jlaughlin@sjspwellesley.org>.

Any legitimate email from the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative will come from a @sjspwellesley.org, @stjohnwellesley.org, or @stpaulwellesley.com email address.  If you are ever unsure about an email that purports to be from someone at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, please call either parish office (SJ: 781-235-0045 or SP: 781-235-1060) or email us at:  admin@sjspwellesley.org

2. The tone of the email creates a sense of urgency.

Scam emails will create a sense of urgency in the hope that you will act quickly, without the usual caution.  Sometimes, as in this recent example, it is done by pretending to be someone you know who is in urgent need of help.  Other types do this by warning that one of your accounts has experienced suspicious activity or is about to expire; often, you won’t even have an account of this type, which makes you fear that someone has stolen your identity. These are huge red flags.  If you receive this type of email, contact the person or organization directly using the contact details you already have for them or that are on their legitimate website. Never use any contact details or click any links provided in the email.

3. The email contains poor spelling and grammar.

You can often detect a scam email by the way it is written.  Everyone makes an occasional grammar mistake or spelling error, but if the writing style is very different from what is typical for the sender, and/or it contains multiple spelling mistakes and poor grammar, that should be a big red flag.

4.  The email asks for personal information.

Regardless of how legitimate an email message may appear, it is always a red flag if the message asks for personal information. A reputable organization or company will  never send an email asking for passwords, credit card numbers, or the answers to security questions.  Never click on any links provided in an email that requests personal information.

5. The email message sounds too good to be true, or something just doesn’t look right. 

The old saying “if something seems too good to be true it probably is” is especially true when it comes to email messages. Similarly, if you receive an email message that makes you question it’s legitimacy, even briefly, it’s probably for a good reason.

“Evening for Women” – Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30pm at St. John

All women of the collaborative are invited to join us for an evening of prayer, song, food and sharing.  In keeping with our theme, “Blessed is She”, Svea Fraser and Barbara Viechnicki will share their experiences of their Camino Journey. All women are welcome, bring food to share and bring a friend!  Here is a peak at upcoming programs!

February 5
Seasons of Hope (Grief) Laurie Jacob, MA in Theology and Ministry

March 5
Shrove Tuesday Desserts, Desserts! Lenten Reflection

April 2
Reflections Katherine Twitchell

May 7
Mass Fr. Jim Laughlin